Can you believe it’s December already?
The year 2020 may not be the year you want to remember, but it has been a life-changing year for most of us. Blame the events, especially the coronavirus pandemic, almost every part of our daily routine has seen a change.
Yet, don’t you think all of us have adapted to it beautifully?
Think about it, right from going to school, to meeting friends, to spending time with family – the changes we have seen this year are unprecedented! As we enter the last month of the year, let’s take a quick look at some important lessons we picked up from adapting our lives to living in a pandemic.
Gratitude is a saviour
When times get tough, and you’re feeling a bit stuck, gratitude can be your biggest saviour! Even during the pandemic, when nobody could step out of their houses, there was still a chance for us to be grateful for having a safe place to live. Don’t you think that’s a handy tip to cheer up when you’re feeling morose? So the next time when things get tough, pause, look around, and you will find plenty to be grateful for!
Innovation is the solution
English philosopher Bernard Williams once said: “Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.” Isn’t that apt for the pandemic too? When schools shut down, our teachers came up with ingenious ways to teach us online. Classes went on, learning continued, and we were able to keep in touch with friends too. All online! Now as the academic year draws to a close, all of us have stayed on track with our school work, without even stepping inside the school building. That’s the power of innovation! It can solve any problem with creativity!
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Empathy helps us feel connected
Empathy is the ability to understand others’ feelings. Every time we have a big challenge facing us, like say, the coronavirus, one essential part of fighting it is by understanding the feelings of others. This could be as simple as understanding that your parents are tired and need some help or understanding that your friends may be missing you and giving them a call – empathy is what helps us all stay connected. It gives us the strength to face any challenge in the world!
We are stronger when we work together
The only way we made progress in containing the spread of the coronavirus is by working together. While healthcare workers were at the frontline of the fight against the virus, every time all of us stayed indoors and took precautionary measures, we were helping too! The biggest lesson for us, going forward, is that we are stronger when we work together. If we all cooperate towards a common goal, nothing can stop us from achieving it!
Health is the biggest wealth
By far the biggest lesson from this year is that when we have our health, that’s when we truly have wealth. Because when one’s health suffers, every other part of their life becomes difficult. To stay healthy, we need to pay attention to both our body and mind. By being positive, exercising regularly, and eating nutritious food, we can give our health the nourishment it needs.
You know what they say about an apple a day, don’t you?
Are there any other lessons you learnt in this pandemic? Share it with us in a comment below!
Deepthi is an ambivert who is on a steady diet of good food, filter coffee, and self-improvement. Being an ardent reader, storytelling has been her first love and she enjoys exploring how to convey stories compellingly. Having studied psychology and experienced the learning and development field, Deepthi is driven to understand human behavior and to know what makes each of us unique. You are most likely to find her tucked into a cozy corner at a local cafe with a Kindle or a book in hand. If you find her there, stop by and say hello, she'd be eager to learn your story too. Until then, you can ping her at firstname.lastname@example.org for anything you may like to share.
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